Tuesday, October 4, 2022
News
NEWS HOME
»
PRN INDIA
Catalytic Investment to Improve Community Health Care for Millions Across Africa
  SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend  
   

The Global Fund collaborates with the Johnson & Johnson Foundation and the Skoll Foundation to Launch the Africa Frontline First Catalytic Fund

  • Private sector investments to the Global Fund's Africa Frontline First Catalytic Fund from the Johnson & Johnson Foundation and the Skoll Foundation totaling US$ 25 million.
  • The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria intends to further match this commitment by at least with 1:1.
  • Designed in partnership with the Africa Frontline First Initiative, the Africa Frontline First Catalytic Fund (AFF-CF) will accelerate scale up of community health services in up to 10 African countries.
  • The Catalytic Fund seeks to mobilize at least $100 million to improve community health systems that are providing essential medical care for up to 130 million people.
  • Investing in frontline community health workers can generate a return of up to 10:1 when considering the improved economic, health, and social outcomes of community health workers.

GENEVA, Aug. 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Today the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria is announcing a crucial new catalytic fund to support community health workers across up to 10 African countries. The Africa Frontline First Catalytic Fund (AFF-CF) will provide financing to accelerate and sustain the scale up of frontline community health workers, the backbone of community health services.

The Global Fund Logo

The Global Fund warmly welcomes the first investments to the Africa Frontline First Catalytic Fund from the Johnson & Johnson Foundation and the Skoll Foundation totaling US $25 million. The Global Fund intends to match these and other investments to bolster support to and domestic financing for community health workers.

These pledges come ahead of the Global Fund's Seventh Replenishment, which aims to raise US $18 billion to fund its next three-year cycle of grants. The Global Fund estimates that the funding of US $18 billion would save 20 million lives, while strengthening health and community systems to reinforce pandemic preparedness.

"For the first time in 20 years, many countries have seen HIV, TB and malaria cases worsen and community health workers are at the forefront of fighting these diseases. This is a unique moment for leaders to join forces and invest in the people and structures that will fight pandemics, infectious diseases, and other health threats, now and in the future" said Peter Sands, Executive Director of The Global Fund.

A professionalized workforce of community health workers, who work hand in hand with communities, is key to responding to future outbreaks and making gains on longstanding priorities. The Global Fund applauds these initial pledges from the Johnson & Johnson Foundation and the Skoll Foundation, but much more financial investment is needed to unlock the full potential and to ensure people access to professionalized, trained, compensated, and integrated community health workers.

The Africa Frontline First Catalytic Fund will help ensure that up to 10 African countries accelerate progress and improve health care delivered at the community level, as well as crucially ensure the women, who make up the large proportion of community health workers, are properly paid for their work. The Catalytic Fund will combine coordinated technical assistance and implementation funding, as well as investments to scale financing, employ digital tools, increase the availability of essential life-saving commodities, and better integrate community health workers within the overall health system.

"Health workers are the cornerstone of care. By training, empowering, and integrating community health workers into existing health systems it's possible to extend care and reduce the burden of disease for millions of people." said Joaquin Duato, CEO of Johnson & Johnson. "The Johnson & Johnson Foundation committed $15 million to the Africa Frontline First Catalytic Fund to ensure delivery of effective, efficient, and equitable care at the frontlines."

The Global Fund Catalytic Fund approach has already shown the power of leveraging philanthropic funding. For example, support from the Children's Investment Fund Foundation for HIV self-testing has increased funding fivefold in two years and increased HIV self-test procurement from thousands to millions in the five countries where it works.

"On the frontlines of pandemic response and prevention, community health workers are critical to bringing essential healthcare to the last mile," said Don Gips, CEO of the Skoll Foundation. "The Africa Frontline First Catalytic Fund brings the power of social innovators like the Financing Alliance for Health and Last Mile Health together with the strength of the Global Fund to ensure that community health workers are paid, trained, and equipped to maintain essential services and lead responses to COVID-19, Ebola, and other outbreaks."

This catalytic investment is a first step towards a broader shared ambition to scale community health, contributing to expanding universal health coverage. As part of this effort,

Africa Frontline First is collaborating with the COVID-19 Commission, which supports H.E. President Ramaphosa in his role as the African Union Champion on COVID-19. In line with the African Union's New Public Health Order, this collaboration pursues the AU's broader target of deploying 2 million community health workers by 2030.

More than 85% of community health workers in Africa, the majority of whom are women, are not paid for their work.   Experience shows that professional community health workers - who are paid, trained, and supervised - are best equipped to provide essential health services in their communities, even amid great challenges.

"In Liberia and around the world, we have seen the power of community health workers to deliver essential care in rural and remote communities - and to maintain that care during crises like the Ebola epidemic and the COVID-19 pandemic," said Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and former President of Liberia. "The Africa Frontline First Catalytic Fund is a unique opportunity to invest in those health workers and catalyze real change, creating a healthier and safer world for all."

The Global Fund  is a worldwide movement to defeat HIV, TB and malaria and ensure a healthier, safer, more equitable future for all. We raise and invest more than US$4 billion a year to fight the deadliest infectious diseases, challenge the injustice which fuels them and strengthen health systems in more than 100 of the hardest hit countries. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have invested an additional US$4.3 billion to fight the new pandemic and reinforce systems for health. We unite world leaders, communities, civil society, health workers and the private sector to find solutions that have the most impact, and we take them to scale worldwide. Since 2002, the Global Fund has saved 44 million lives.

Africa Frontline First  is a collaborative effort by the Financing Alliance for Health, Last Mile Health, the Community Health Acceleration Partnership, and Community Health Impact Coalition under the championship of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Information on the work of the Global Fund is available at www.theglobalfund.org
Information on Africa Frontline First is available at  www.africafrontlinefirst.org

Follow the Global Fund on Twitter: http://twitter.com/globalfund
Follow Africa Frontline First on Twitter: https://twitter.com/frontline1st

Logo - https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/1869619/The_Global_Fund_Logo.jpg

More News by PR Newswire India

First-of-its-kind government-industry partnership announced between Deakin University, Australia and Ministry of Education and Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India

LyondellBasell Catalyst Production Expansion Adds Life to Infrastructure Projects

BE EVERYTHING - A new chapter opens in the story of United Colors of Benetton: new creative director, Andrea Incontri presents his first fashion show

PwC announces record global revenues of US$50 billion

Challenge the Highest Level of <MIR4>! A New Content, Hell Raid, Unveiled

Leading Gaming technology provider Quixant announces the launch of new cabinet offering

StoreHippo® launches Mystore Buyer and Seller Apps for ONDC

Cambrex Announces Stability Storage Expansions in Ireland and Belgium

TimesPro collaborates with IMT Hyderabad to launch programmes in Business & Retail Management

Industrial Transformation ASIA-PACIFIC 2022 returns to catalyse sustainable growth for advanced manufacturing in the region

The PI Group and Averna Announce their Partnership

Academic partnerships in focus, Global Education Summit commences at Chandigarh University

UST and Mendix Collaborate to Accelerate Low Code Development in Spain

Nestlé launches NESCAFÉ Plan 2030 to help drive regenerative agriculture, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve farmers' livelihoods

Ingenico Launches as Independent Company Following Acquisition by Apollo Private Equity Funds

Stockify announces single-window online service to buy unlisted equities

Manipal Hospital Whitefield's Exclusive Take on Minimally Invasive Advanced Surgical Procedures (MIAS)

THE LEELA PALACES, HOTELS AND RESORTS PARTNERS WITH RAJASTHAN POLO CLUB FOR ITS INAUGURAL SPONSORSHIP OF THE ROYAL SPORT IN INDIA

CLO Virtual Fashion Announces the Acquisition of GoVise Technologies

Education Cannot Wait Announces US$11.8 Million Catalytic Grant in Haiti

DXC Technology Calls for Latest Innovations from Insurance Startups and Scaleups across Asia Pacific through the DXC Invitational

Global AdTech Company TripleLift Names Dave Clark as New Chief Executive Officer

Navneeth Sulakhe joins Innoviti as Senior VP Human Resource Management

KEI Wires & Cables Hosts Real Kabbadi League Season 2

Automation Anywhere Secures $200 Million in Financing from Silicon Valley Bank and Hercules Capital

2022 World Trade Centers Association Member Forum Returns to New York City for First Time in Two Years

TATA POWER REINFORCES COMMITMENT TOWARDS GREEN ECOSYSTEM CONSERVATION ACROSS ITS RENEWABLE SITES

Azure Power wins the prestigious Golden Peacock Award for Sustainability

FANDOM ACQUIRES LEADING ENTERTAINMENT & GAMING BRANDS INCLUDING GAMESPOT, TV GUIDE AND METACRITIC

National Engineering Industries Ltd (NBC Bearings) honored with 'Iconic Brands of India 2022'

Celebrating Glorious 35 Years of BIMTECH

HABANOS, S.A. PRESENTED THE MONTECRISTO WIDE EDMUNDO IN WORLD PREMIERE IN SPAIN

Sanjay Ghodawat Foundation awarded The Mahatma Award 2022

STL announces Gram Galaxy - India's first integrated solution to connect villages with fibre

DEBIOPHARM REINFORCES THE BOND BETWEEN SWISS AND JAPANESE CANCER RESEARCH WITH THE 2022 JCA MAUVERNAY AWARD CEREMONY

Healthium Medtech amongst the first in Asia and first Indian Medtech Company to receive CE certification under the EU MDR (European Union Medical Device Regulation) norms for Class III implants

Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat holds Grand Rath Yatra on 3rd October 2022 near Kunda, Pratapgarh in honor of the 100th Birth Anniversary of Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj

Addteq APAC Announces Rebranding, Changes Name to Enreap

Karwa Chauth 2022: FlowerAura Is All Geared Up To Enhance The Celebrations

DMCC AWARDED GLOBAL FREE ZONE OF THE YEAR FOR EIGHTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

New Book Property Tax in Asia Provides the First Comprehensive Analysis of the Property Tax Across the World's Largest Continent

UN WOMEN'S HeForShe EXPANDS MOVEMENT THROUGH KEY PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS IN EAST ASIA

STL unveils 5G cosmos to help Indian telcos fiberise their networks for 5G

STL launches Multiverse - India's first Multicore fibre and cable; aims to revolutionize the optical landscape

Tejas Networks successfully demonstrates end-to-end network based on its indigenous 4G/5G wireless, optical and satellite products

IIIT Hyderabad and Silicon Labs Launch Campus-wide Wi-SUN Network for Smart City Applications

 
 
TRENDING TOPICS
 
 
CITY NEWS
MORE CITIES
 
 
INDIA WORLD ASIA
ED attaches property of bizman in PMLA c...
J-K DG prisons HK Lohia found dead under...
Cong's Bharat Jodo Yatra completes 4th d...
Odia singer Murali Mohapatra collapses o...
Family accuses Bihar hospital staff of n...
Amit Shah arrives in Jammu on 3-day visi...
More...    
 
 Top Stories
Singer Gajendra Verma announces his... 
WestCoast NFT picks crypto news web... 
StoreHippo launches Mystore Buyer a... 
Harshitha Samarawickrama's half-cen... 
Wow! Momo becomes first Indian QSR ... 
Sparkle away this season, with Soch... 
Vijay Varma finishes shooting for '... 
"Speedy recovery to our speedster,"...